This year is lurching to an end. Coming back to chaos on the job front, (got my uniform yesterday after ordering it in June and 3 more times since then….). I have managed to pass Level 1 medicines and now give oral medication without supervision. There is thankfully an amazing team who provide lots of help if needed. I have been abused, shouted at, sworn at, wiped away tears and laughed a great deal. Sometimes the trains don’t work and the record so far is a whopping three hours to get home. I do however love being on the ward… I am rostered on for Christmas Day and Boxing Day and there are NO trains running on my line then….so it looks a like a drive and an early Christmas dinner for us, just like when we lived in Japan.
On top of all this Dad has been diagnosed with bone cancer, secondary to his prostate cancer. He is currently in hospital having had two procedures for renal failure. One of the sisters came to help out with Mum, getting her to and from the hospital to see Dad, as mum no longer drives and is increasingly more confused. Fortunately sis was there when Mum fell and broke her hip. She is now, a week later, at home and various care measures are in place. Brother flew down from Singapore to take over from sis for a week, who is now back there again, and I go on Tuesday to take over from her for 2 weeks.
I feel as though I am going backwards, but then if this is what it takes to help my parents then so be it. Not looking forward to the journey there and back but will be very happy to see them both.